DepEd empowers student leaders to be the ‘voice’ of the Filipino youth

Published November 24, 2021, 7:43 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

In an effort to empower student leaders and make them more proactive on issues that affect the Filipino youth in general, the Department of Education (DepEd) welcomed the newly-elected officers of the National Federation of Student Supreme Government (NFSSG).

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“I would like to congratulate the newly-elected National Federation for SSG officers for answering the call of duty,” said Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

Briones also expressed hope that the elected officers would understand the responsibility of their positions as the voice of the Filipino youth. “I hope that these student-leaders will realize how important their role is in developing the education sector in the country,” she added.

NFSSG formally formed its new set of officers for School Year 2021-2022 through a virtual election early this month.

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Bienesto Fidel Junio, incumbent Regional SSG President of Region I from Schools Division of Pangasinan I, was elected NFSSG President among 17 Regional SSG Presidents.

Junio reminded his co-elected officers and board members to “collaborate with other student- leaders in addressing the issues related to their co-learners continuously.”

Aside from Junio, Julie Ann Velonta from SDO Dumaguete City was voted as Federation Vice-President, Carl Christian Caduhada from SDO Negros Occidental as Secretary, and Sandara Lorin Del Mundo of SDO Gapan City as Treasurer.

Gian Franscine Lampaz from SDO Baguio City was designated as Auditor, Niko Gumapac of SDO Cotabato City as Public Information Officer, and John Edward Navor Eugenio from SDO Caloocan City as Protocol Officer.

DepEd said that the rest of the Regional Presidents that would not be elected in any position will be designated as Board Members.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Learner Support Service – Youth Formation Division (YFD) explained that the said election was conducted to empower student leaders to be more proactive on existing social issues that affected the learners.

“I am thrilled and excited with what’s ahead of us this year,” YFD Chief Adolf Aguilar said.

“I hope that we can all see and feel the promise of a better Philippines, reflected in the eyes of our student-leaders, whatever colors you would like to choose,” he added.